GRABASS CHARLESTONS: Dale & The Careeners: CD

Blown away. There is really not much else to say after one listen to this disc. The Charlestons have taken such an evolutionary leap as a band that it is hard to put into words what is going on here, but I will try. While I would be hesitant to call this a concept album, it would be fair to say that it is certainly thematic. The disc’s twelve tracks tell the tale of Dale and Cassandra—two fringe characters who find themselves in the midst of opiate addiction, clean up slightly, and relapse again once the cold days of winter return. In the end, there isn’t really any redemption. This is a painful, harrowing and yet beautiful musical journey totally worth taking. On past releases, I always felt that the Charlestons played it a bit safe but this release really takes them to the next level. Every song on here is a minor masterpiece. Everything here is literate, well written, and performed to a level that I wasn’t expecting. Get this, like right now.

 –Garrett Barnwell (No Idea)